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Somali village in shock after al-Shabaab opens fire on wedding party
2013-01-15
Residents of Bo'o say a dark cloud has descended upon their small village ever since three suspected al-Shabaab gunmen opened fire on women leaving a wedding party there last week. The party was a traditional celebration to mark seven days of marriage and was attended only by women.

Al-Shabaab has imposed strict rules on wedding ceremonies that includes banning brides from wearing the traditional Somali wedding dress.

"It was a joyful day for the relatives and friends of the couple, as it should be when there is a wedding, and there had been no problems [with al-Shabaab until the attack]," said Ugas Hirey, a 35-year-old Bo'o resident. "We cannot figure out what changed; we were shocked by the gunshots and its ugly aftermath."

The al-Shabaab controlled village is located about 30 kilometres from Hiran's regional capital of Beledweyne, which was liberated by allied forces in December 2011 and has since rebuffed several attempts by the group to reclaim the city.

According to tribal elder Jama Ahmed the gunmen are believed to be between the ages of 16 and 19. He said they waited for the celebration to end and shot the women as they were leaving the venue, killing the groom's aunt and wounding two other women.

The wounded victims were immediately rushed to Beledweyne Hospital for treatment.

One of the victims lost a lot of blood and was in critical condition when she arrived at the hospital, Beledweyne Hospital director Ahmed Khalif told Sabahi. Both women are now in stable condition and receiving the necessary treatment.
Posted by:tipper

#5  Or they were smart enough NOT to mention what happened to those "gun artists". People end up lost in the desert all the time.
Posted by: Charles   2013-01-15 20:13  

#4  It doesn't say the villagers tracked down and killed, or even turned into the cops, the 16-19 year old gun artists.

So the whole incident must not be that important to them.
Posted by: Fred   2013-01-15 10:19  

#3  Another chapter in the continuing saga of the "Religion of Peace."
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-01-15 09:50  

#2  Weddings are always an opportunity for gun sex.
Posted by: JohnQC   2013-01-15 09:49  

#1  This and the next (or preceding) articles show the true nature of the "Religion of Peace".

Will the MSM ever address the true nature of this cult?

No, I didn't think so.
Posted by: AlanC   2013-01-15 07:22  

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